With all the numbers from yesterday's budget in mind, David Coton has been looking through some statistics in relation to the horticultural industry.
Mother’s Day is on Sunday 6th March 2016 this year. It is when we celebrate mothers and treat them to a meal or often give them flowers or gifts. Here are my thoughts on what to give your mum this Mothering Sunday.
Mothers play a huge part in their children's lives while growing up and even when they have grown up. So it is only natural that they get a day to celebrate all the hard work they do for their familiy.
Thousands of cards get sent each year with a range of humorous, homemade and the ‘I Love You’ cards.
A big tradition on Mother's Day is to give flowers to show how much you care and love your mum. But these days there is also a wider selection of gifts available such as; Teddy Bears, everyday essentials, food, drink and pampering products.
However, nothing beats an unexpected knock at the door by a smiling delivery driver with a fresh bouquet of flowers for your mum.
Big Hint: Mums like to relax all day and be pampered, so don't forget to make her a cup of tea or glass of something stronger!
Mother's Day is more traditionally known as Mothering Sunday across the UK and it has been celebrated since 250 BC.
The earliest recorded Mother’s Day celebration can be traced back to ancient Greece where they honoured Rhea who was the goddess of female fertility and motherhood.
In the 1600s the young boys and girls who were in service where allowed one day off a year to see their family. The day most of the children were allowed off was Mothering Sunday. A special cake called the mothering cake was made by the cooks in the house, this was given to the kids to present to their parents as a gift and somewhere allowed to pick flowers from the gardens.
How do you work out when Mother's Day is? Apart from looking at a calendar, the way to work out the date of Mother's Day is to count four Sundays after Lent. Mothers day isn't always the same date due to this.
With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and Spring is just around the corner. Nathan James Dodd suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Dan Everton helps you look after your pond during the February with some tips on the precautions you can take to avoid the water freezing over, and advice on keeping fish at this time of the year.
Heating will be a deciding factor on the variety of plants you are able to grow in a greenhouse and the number of plants that can be kept over winter. Here, Robert Hall goes through the pros and cons of the different types of heating that are available.